This Step: Get a Learner Permit

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Get a Learner Permit in Pennsylvania

A) Ace a Few DMV Practice Tests

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Take multiple online practice permit tests before you head to a Pennsylvania Driver License Center to take your written test. Sample test questions cover topics you’ll come across on the actual permit exam.

B) Gather the Appropriate Documents and License Fees

You must also gather a few documents and take a physical exam before test day. After your physical, have the conducting physician, physician assistant, certified registered nurse practitioner or chiropractor complete Form DL-180 (Medical Qualification Certificate). Bring the following requirements with you on test day:

  • A completed Form DL-180 or Form DL-180TD (if you are younger than 18); the latter is a Parent or Guardian Consent Form that must be completed by a parent, guardian, or spouse who is 18 years old or older
  • Proof of identity (see the list located on the reverse side of DL-180); if you are changing your name, you must present original documents supporting name changes such as a marriage certificate, divorce decree or court order
  • 2 acceptable proofs of residency (also listed on the reverse side of DL-180) if you are 18 years old or older; proof of residency is not required for those who are 16 and 17 years old
  • Your Social Security card

Also be prepared to pay a learner’s permit fee. PennDOT accepts checks and money orders, but not cash.

C) Take the PA Written Knowledge Test

After gathering your requirements, take your written knowledge exam (permit test) at any PennDOT Driver License Center. Look online for a nearby branch.

During your visit, be prepared to also take an eye-screening exam. Once you pass the permit test and the vision test, the state will issue you a shiny, new Pennsylvania learner’s permit.

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